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50th Reunion- Class of 1965

Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:15 am

Suzanne Plummer Emler

After graduating from Mountain Grove High School, I attended Central Methodist College for three years. In 1968 I married Don Emler and moved to North Kansas City where he was the Minister of Education at Platte Woods United Methodist Church. I finished my degree at what was then UMKC and taught school for a year in the North Kansas City Public Schools. Then we moved to Bloomington, IN, where Don completed a doctorate in education at I.U. while I taught in the Spencer Public School system. I worked with several other teachers creating a program for rural poverty students (a part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty).

In 1973 we moved back to Kansas City where Don became the Minister of Education at St. John’s United Methodist Church and I started a Mother’s Day Out program there. Three years later we moved to Shreveport, LA. Don taught religious education classes at Centenary College. I went back to school there for an M.A. in elementary education, became the mother of two sons (Matthew and David), and taught at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School.

Our family relocated to Oklahoma City in 1989 where Don became Dean of the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University. I went back to school again and became certified to teach gifted students. While I was looking for a job I wanted there - I was somewhat picky - I did some writing and had six stories published in children’s magazines. Then I taught for three years at private schools for gifted students. I began working at St. John’s Episcopal School in 2000. I stayed there until I retired in 2013, and Don retired from O.C.U. Since then we’ve been able to enjoy the many plays, concerts, lectures, and cultural programs in OKC that we never had time for until now. I’ve also been making clothes for OKC’s school for homeless children and stuffed animals for the state highway patrol. (These are given to young accident victims). Lately I’ve been organizing a library for the day care center at our church. Being retired is fun!

Our oldest son, Matthew is working in the IT department of MasterCard in the Kansas City area. He and his wife have a 6 year old daughter. Our younger son, David, and his wife live nearby in Yukon, OK and have a 5 year old son. David is a computer programmer for a company called Vitech.

Ellen Faye (Ault) Elder

My husband, Jim, and I currently live in Pilot Grove, MO, which is about 13 miles southwest of Boonville. We have two children, Sonya Twenter of Pilot Grove, and Darren Elder of Boonville, MO; eight beautiful grandchildren, and are expecting our first great grandchild in October.

After graduating, I started working for the Division of Family Services in Ozark. Later met my husband and lived in Jefferson City until he graduated from Linn Technical College. After his graduation, he looked for work, and we ended up moving to the Boonville area with our two children. I found employment with Toastmaster, Inc., as a Consumer Service Rep. After 31 years there, they closed that facility and moved it overseas. This forced me to work at other places until I was able to retire. My husband went to work for the City of Boonville as a mechanic, and retired after 39 years of service with them.

So, now we draw our “rocking chair” money, and enjoy our grandchildren, gardening, some fishing, and some traveling.

Jim Pokorny

After graduating college, I taught school two years at Ellsinore, MO.

Rosanne Houston and I were married in 1967 at Van Buren, MO. Rosanne’s grandparents, Ray and Alice Houston, owned and operated the White House grocery store on the square in Mountain Grove in the 1950’s.

We have three children and eight grandchildren. The kids and grandchildren live in San Antonio, Texas, Springfield, MO, and Houston, MO. We live in Houston, MO where we have resided the past 25 years.

Rosanne retired from teaching special education nine years ago. I retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation as a law enforcement officer 12 years ago.

We travel, fish and stay very busy. I have far exceeded my low expectations.

Ann (Elliott) Klever

I married and moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1966, divorced in 1980.

My daughter Kristine has two sons, Tyler and Cody.

I retired from Transamerica Risk Management in 2012 after working 48 years in the insurance industry.

Steve and I have been together since 1981.

Janell (Millsap) Maxwell

I was born the youngest of three daughters to Elven and Amy Millsap in Kansas City in the front seat of my parents’ car just outside the hospital. Weighing in at only 3 pounds and 13 ounces, I was a natural born driver.

We moved to Mountain Grove when I was in the third grade to be near family. After graduation, I worked for The Security Bank in Mountain Grove. In 1966, I met and married Larry Maxwell after knowing him only two months and 22 days. He was working for the Cabool State Bank at the time. We lived in Cabool for a period of time where I was employed by the City of Cabool. Ty Kolb called and asked me to come back to work for the bank, and he hired both Larry and I to work for him. After our daughter, Melinda, was born in 1969, I went to work for the local telephone company for 22 years in Mountain Grove and West Plains.

After Larry and my mother passed away in 1994, I moved to Springfield, MO, where I worked for a telephone company. A manager from that company took my resume and my daughter’s resume with him to Tampa, FL, when he went to work for Intermedia Communications. My daughter, Melinda, son-in-law Andrew Lientz, and granddaughter Shelise, and I moved to the Tampa area in August 1998 for advancements in careers. We all love Florida! Melinda and family are still living and working in the Tampa area.

I moved to the Orlando area in 2000 to go to work for Sprint, the local telephone company. I took early retirement in 2009. For two years, I traveled, visited family and friends, and then went to work part-time at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Maitland, FL, in November 2011. I job share with another lady so we both can travel and pretty much do the things we love. I am blessed!

Roderick “Rick” Bolian

So it’s been 50 years, huh??? Holy crap, does anyone else feel old or is it just me? Actually I feel pretty blessed that I’ve lasted long enough to make a bad joke about it.

After graduation I attended SMS for two years then in ‘67 I decided to take a trip to Idaho for the summer. So far summer has lasted 48 years. After I had been there for about six weeks, I got a job with the Green Giant Company and that ended up lasting for 40 years. In June of ‘71 I married Karen Cope and so far that’s lasted 44 years. No regrets whatsoever about wanting to visit Idaho for the summer.

My wife and I weren’t blessed with children and that has both positives and negatives. The negatives are obvious, but on the positive side we were able to do a bit more traveling. We’re by no means world travelers, but we have been to all of the states except for maybe half dozen, been on (I think) 5 cruises, made one trip to Europe and we do a week long trip to the Oregon Coast each year. We both still enjoy traveling, just not for extended periods of time.

Another thing we both enjoy is running an unofficial rescue mission for cats. I think our highest count at one time was 20 and right now we have 10. Hopefully no more show up at our house because we need to stop doing this and we just don’t have the heart to turn them away. Along with the cats we’ve also had some dogs, birds, a rabbit, a goat, and a rooster.

Other than feeding cats, my hobbies are music (I started collecting albums in college), woodworking, which I really enjoy, but suck at, collecting and working on HO scale electric slot cars and road tripping. However, after retiring in ‘07 from the job I mentioned earlier, I found out the one thing I enjoy the most is quite simply not working. Plus, I’m really good at it.

So that brings me up to now. As for the reunion I’m hoping to be there but to be honest a couple of things need to drop in place for that to happen. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and, if I do make it, I’ll be easy to recognize. I’ll be the old, short, fat, ugly guy being lazy.

Joseph E. Aldridge

Joe attended Southwest Missouri State in 1965. Joe later attended UCSD San Diego, UCSD La Jolla, UCLA Camarillo California, Massasoit Community College Weymouth, Maryland and was awarded a Bachelor of Science from University of New York, New York in 1989. Joe married Sharon Cope, (class of 1969). They have two daughters and two grandsons, currently living in Columbia, MO.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966 and retired in 1996 as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He is a veteran of Vietnam and Desert Storm. After leaving the Navy, he worked as a Government Contractor in California for the Predator UAV in Eastern Europe supporting Army and Air Force Intelligence. He later moved to Maryland and worked supporting software development for the Defense Finance Accounting Service, logistics for TSA at Homeland Security Headquarters, flight simulation for the AH-1 Cobra gunship and the CH-47G Special Operations Chinook helicopter, and finally for Special Operations Command in the Special  Communications, Requirements Division.

He retired in the summer of 2010 to Columbia, MO, where he and his wife Sharon enjoy spending time with their two daughters and two grandsons and vacationing with friends and family.

Tamara K. Berry (Robertson)

I have been back in Mountain Grove since 1980. Last year I retired from Walmart after 18 years.

I have been enjoying lots of time with grandchildren. There is Caleb, 18, Bethany, 14, and Waylan, 3.

I look forward to seeing everybody at the reunion.

Penny Wade Collins

I have lived in the St. Louis area for 50 years. I worked at A.G. Edwards & Sons in the Bond Trading department at the home office for 37 years, retiring in 2009.

I have two daughters and four grandchildren from 16 to 8. I spent my time picking up the grandkids from school and taking them where they need to go.

Saundra Wood Weaver

After graduating from Mountain Grove High School in May of 1965, I began attending what was then SMS in the fall.

I finished my degrees at SMS in August of 1968 and received a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Missouri Librarian Certificate. That same month I began teaching for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and continued teaching primary grades for 41 years.

I received my M.S. in Education in 1973 from what was then CMS and enjoyed working on the Math Curriculum Team writing curriculum and assessments for my district for many years.

I married Ron Weaver in October of 1967 when he returned from Vietnam. He worked in construction, especially roads, and is now retired.

Our son, Steve, was born in 1972, recently retired from the Army, and is a CRNA in Denver, CO.

I still work part-time in a retail store for the L Brands Company. Ron and I love to try new things and have been straw bale gardening for 2 years. We also travel frequently in our camper and tow our Jeep so we can go offroad in places like  Gunnison, CO.

We usually go yearly to South Padre Island, Gunnison, state and national parks, historical sites, and other places that are interesting to us.

Pam Hensley

Wow! I can’t believe it has been 50 years since we walked the halls of Mountain Grove High! It has been a fast 50 years.

My life has been full of fun, excitement, some sadness, but a trip I would do again with my husband, Bob of Hartville. We have been together 50 years this year, three beautiful children, Karla and her spouse Dean, Shauna and her husband Rob, and Clyde and his wife Holly, four wonderful grandchildren, Austen, Abbye, Ayden and Everett.

We have traveled some and Bob retired from UPS after 30 years. While he worked we also built several homes in and around the Springfield area. I was a stay at home mom and worked at several part-time jobs. The most recent is at a cosmetic surgeon’s office in Kansas City with my daughter, Shauna for the last 10 years.

We now reside in Fordland, MO, where we remodel homes and enjoy just hanging out at home. I enjoy exercising, walking, 5k runs and Jazzercise for the last 30 years. We have been blessed with our life and thank God for the family we have.

Arliss Stigall

After I left school, I went to the Army from 1966 to 1969. Toured Germany twice and on leave, married Judy Cantrell June 10, 1967.

After my tour of duty, I went to Kansas City, MO and worked at the State Department and that’s when our first son, Arlin was born. Then I returned to Mountain Grove and worked for Mansfield Steele.

Our daughter, Renee, was born at this time. We moved to Jonesboro, AR, where I drove a truck for M.E. Carter Meat Co. for three years. I sang on a weekly show called “Crowley Ridge Roundup.”

Then we moved to the farm in Mountain Grove for 20 years. I enjoy singing, going to church, and watching football. Janean Miller and I auditioned for “You Can Be A Star” out of Nashville.

We’re retired now, watching our seven year old granddaughter after her dad’s motorcycle wreck.

Look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.

Sandy Joyce (Hilt)

My husband John and I have been married for 45 years and have one daughter who is a nurse.

I have been a Front End Supervisor at Walmart for 20 years.

We love to travel and are big fans of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Harvey Gilley

In Sept., 1965, I left for Kansas City to apply for a job at the Ford motor plant in Claycomo. I didn’t get the job. I was 1A draft status.

After working at various jobs a couple of years, I heard of an apprenticeship training program for machinist tool and die work. I applied and got accepted and started school around July, 1967.

After working now for 48 years (present shop for 28 years), I still enjoy going to work, every day there’s something different.

At this time I have no set date to retire.

I got married in Dec., 1967 and have a son and two daughters and nine grandchildren.

I have been divorced since 2000. Now there are plans to get married again, later this year or early next year.

Keith Austin

I graduated from college in 1970 with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.

Went to work for the Missouri DOT in 1970. In 1972 went to work in the Heavy Construction Industry. In 1995 went in business for myself and currently am operating my own construction business out of Springdale, AR.

My wife, Barbara, and I live in Bethel Heights, AR located on the north edge of the Springdale city limits. We have three grown children. Our oldest daughter, Angela, is attending graduate school in Scotland. Our son, Jason, lives in Rogers, AR and is working for Sam’s Club. Our youngest daughter, Amanda, is married and lives in Junction City, KS. Jason and his wife have one daughter, and Amanda and her husband have two sons. Angela is not married.

At the present time I am heavily involved in a Southern Baptist Church (Sang Baptist Church) in Fayetteville, AR. I am the church treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, song leader, and choir director. Over the last few years I have learned to play the guitar and have written and recorded several songs.

Ron Ramsey

Following graduation from high school, I spent the summer of ‘65 in Alaska working and then it was off to Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO. I joined the band at Central, was Field Commander my sophomore and junior year and had the opportunity to march at a Kansas City Chiefs football game and at St. Louis Cardinals games twice.

During my senior year I was president of Delta Sigma Psi, a social fraternity on campus.

After four years of college, I had not completed course work for a degree and I soon received a draft physical notice. During the summer of 1969, Melody Chitwood and I were married and in December I reported for basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. I spent most of 1970 and the early part of 1971 in Monterey, CA at the Department of Defense Language School studying Turkish. I completed tours on the island of Crete, Greece and at the National Security Agency (NSA) as a translator. While at Fort Meade, MD, I earned my Private Pilot license.

Upon discharge in 1973, I returned to school at Central Methodist State University in Warrensburg, MO and earned a degree in Aviation Technology. Then it was off to Wichita, Kansas where I worked first for Boeing then Cessna Aircraft Company. I was fortunate to work in sales and marketing as I had the opportunity to fly to most of the 50 states and work in Canada, Europe and Australia. Along the way I added Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings to my pilot license and eventually earned my Commercial License.

In Feb. 1987, I ferried a twin Cessna to Anchorage, AK for a commuter airline which was one of the highlights of my flying activities. Later in 1987, I joined American Airlines’ General Aviation subsidiary and started a used aircraft sales department in Memphis, TN. Aircraft sales can be exciting and I had the opportunity to sell airplanes to Ted Turner, Rusty Wallace and to the second largest manufacturing company in Mexico which I personally delivered - another highlight.

In 1998, I joined a custom plastics manufacturer and distributor in Memphis and retired in 2013 as Vice President of Sales. Most recently, I’ve added Beekeeper to my resume which has been a lot of fun.

Melody and I have been married for 46 years, we have one daughter, Natasha (husband Jason McCallister) and one grandson, Hayden.

Nancy Ward Lybyer

After high school, I married Brook Franklin and we owned the A&W Drive In in Mountain Grove. We had two girls, Tammy (Strunk) and Carrie (Fessler).

I then married Jim Lybyer, DVM and added his two girls, Jennifer (Jenkins) and Bethany (Bramwell) to the family. We also added Amy (Lybyer), our granddaughter who we adopted. We owned Lybyer Vet Clinic for many years until we sold it. We also bought a farm in Manes and started a cow/calf operation. Jim died suddenly in 2009.

I have been working at Manes R-V School for 11 years. I started out as a secretary and am now Assistant Administrator, bookkeeper and secretary and still farm with the help of Carrie and her husband Jim, and Amy.

I have three granddaughters, four grandsons and four great grandsons. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with Layne (Amy’s son) that lives just up the road from my house.

Hope to retire soon!

Will see everyone in July.

David Harpster

After graduation from Mountain Grove High School, I enrolled at Southwest Missouri State. In the spring of 1967 I enlisted in the Army and was discharged in 1971. I was married that same year and went to work for Springday/Armtech/Dayco/Carlisle in Springfield until 2003. For most of those 32 years I was employed as a buyer/planner. In the fall of 2003 I went to work for Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems in Springfield as a buyer/planner until I retired in 2011.

In 2013 when boredom from retirement took over, I started working part-time as an interpreter in the Archery Hall of Fame at Bass Pro in Springfield. You can find me there every week on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

I met Peggy in 2002 and we were married on Christmas Eve 2004. I have two daughters from my first marriage and two granddaughters. On Peggy’s side she has a son and a daughter with one grandson and granddaughter respectively with another grandchild on the way.

Peggy and I are members of the Campbell United Methodist Church in Springfield and attend there regularly. Peggy is a retired school counselor, but still works part-time testing preschoolers for the Ozark School District. We love to travel and spend time on the lake boating and fishing. I also like to hunt, fly fish, gold prospect and brew my own beer while Peggy joins in with wine making. We enjoy life and tranquility at our little house in the woods west of Nixa.

Karen Long Freeman

After graduation, I went to Coffeyville, Kansas, stayed three months and didn’t like it, so came back to Mountain Grove. Worked in cafe’s and the nursing home.

Married Wesley Freeman on Nov. 23, 1965. In 1982 we moved to McKinney, Texas. Sure a big change. We now have 155,142 people. Went to work at the Opera House Restaurant. Stayed 3 1/2 years and quit and started babysitting. Had over 200 children. Never had any of my own.

We celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this year. I make quilts, pot holders, sock monkeys and doll clothes.

Still a Hillbilly in Texas. Hope to see you all in July.

Vonna “Duey” Hilt

I got married my senior year to Bill Douglass. We moved to Springfield so he could finish his degree. We then moved back to Mountain Grove for Bill to work for his dad at Douglass Coal & Wrecking.

We have four wonderful children, Steven, married to Denise, Lebanon, MO; Lynda, married to Karl Quinn, Springfield, MO; Leslie, married to Mike Cornelison, Fordland, MO; Robyn, married to Steve Slain, Orlando, FL.

They each have a boy and a girl! Love those grandkids! Bill and I had 40 years together until his death in 2004.

After my last child, Robyn was born, I started taking classes at SMSU. At age 5, Robyn and I began elementary school together. She left Mountain Grove Schools after 12 years. I stayed 32 years, first as an aide for special needs children, then as a coordinator for the Parents As Teachers program. Loved my job, retired in 2010.

In 2011 God blessed me with a wonderful husband, Jerald Hilt. We reside in the country at Norwood, MO. Jerald is retired from the railroad. Enjoying retirement, and feel blessed to have had a good life.

Donna (Archer) White

I graduated in the Top 10 percent of my class and was Vice-President of my class my senior year. After graduation, I attended MSU (SMS then) for two years. Then in 1967, I married Stanley White.

We were married for 32 years. We have three daughters, Stephani White-Robertson (Wayne); Staci Kent (Shannon) and Amanda (Mandi) Suydam (Artie). We have five living grandsons, Brody Kent, Weston Robertson, Triston Suydam, Connor Suydam and Ryan Kent. We have one deceased grandson, Colton Kent.

I worked as Secretary to the Superintendent at Brown Shoe Company for a couple of years. Then I went back to school and received the following degrees: B.S. in Secondary Education - Business, M.S. in Secondary Education - Business and Vocational Certification. I taught high school and adult students at Mountain Grove High School and Ozark Mountain Technical Center, and I re-trained workers from Brown Shoe Company and Cabool Shoe Factory when they closed. I retired in 2001.

I was volunteer secretary for the American Red Cross for over 25 years. I was also volunteer secretary for FEMA as long as funds were available. Since I retired, I substituted, and I worked for one tax season for a local tax firm.

On January 3, 2003, I was hit head-on as I was returning to my home, and my life was changed forever. I was seriously hurt. After spending a short time in ICU and the hospital, I was taken to a rehabilitation nursing home in Springfield. I lived almost two years with my daughter, bought a house in town and still live there today. After I could walk with a walker, I returned to substituting and began working at Trinity United Methodist Church as secretary. I am now secretary/treasurer at TUMC. I have also worked as bookkeeper for the Mountain Grove Rural Fire Department for three years.

My ultimate goal after my wreck was to be able to drive again. A rehabilitation lady came to Springfield from Kansas City to give me driving lessons. I had to go to Springfield several times to learn to drive her car that would be like mine. Then I had to come back to Mountain Grove and take my driver’s test again. I actually passed. I drive with my hands. I keep my right hand on the knob on the steering wheel and my left hand on the gas/brake. If you ever wave at me, and I don’t wave back, it is because both of my hands are occupied. I usually just kind of raise my head to acknowledge you. I have come a long ways, but there are still so many things I cannot do. I deal with a lot of pain.

I love to read, cross stitch, spend time with my family, and someday I am going to finish the quilt that I started.

Rita Davis

A week after graduation, I was off to summer school at SMS. Our rooms had no air conditioning and only one phone and bath per floor.

By my sophomore year, it was apartment living. I think Tia and I moved from one apartment to another to avoid defrosting the refrigerator.

I graduated in 1969 and returned to Mountain Grove securing employment with Division of Family Services, for the next 30 years. In 1969 copies were made with carbon paper and gas was 27 cents a gallon.

Barry and I married. We are enjoying retirement and a pretty lazy lifestyle.

I enjoy riding the lawn mower, driving my old truck and eating good food.

My favorite trips has to be seeing Cher in concert and going to Canton, Texas (one of the largest flea markets in the U.S.).

There have been tears and laughter over the past 50 years, but life is good.

Time has taught me the value and blessings of family and friends. I am so thankful and fortunate to have had good friends for 50 plus years.

Oliver Adamson

After I graduated from high school I went to service. I also went to Vietnam. When I got out of service I went to work for MODOT and we began to dairy. MODOT moved me to Thayer in 1990. I retired from MODOT after 36 years as a maintenance superintendent.

My wife, Rose and I moved to Rolla last August to be closer to our kids because of our health. We have four children, two girls, Tina and Melinda; and two boys, Robert and Ryan. We have 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and twins on the way.

Venita (O’Neal) Sanders

Class of 1965, greetings from Leavenworth, KS.

I have lived several places over the last 50 years, Springfield, MO, Houston, Texas, Kansas City, MO, Belton, MO, Independence, MO, and 10 years ago I moved to Leavenworth, KS. Jack Sanders and I were married in 1969. We divorced in 1997, but remained friends until Jack passed away.

I was employed by SBC/AT&T and retired in 2000 with 30 years service. Since then I have worked at a few different jobs, the last being the Lansing Correctional Facility at the Medical Clinic in maximum security, which was a very interesting job. I resigned in 2009 to care for Jack until he passed away in June of 2010 from cancer. Since then I have been retired and enjoying my family. Jack and I were blessed with two girls, Maria, born in 1970, and Karla in 1974. We have six grandchildren ranging in ages from 5 to 21 years.

Jack was employed by Myrons Dental Lab in Kansas City, KS from 1979 until his death. He was a Dental Lab Technician. His ashes were scattered in Hawaii where he would have liked to live if he had got to retire.

I hope to be able to come to the reunion.

Pat Henry

Hope and I can sum up our lives in the word MOVE. After I retired from the post office in 2010, we moved from Monett to rural Ava to enjoy the Ozarks countryside. Not! Now it looks like we’re heading to Jefferson City to help with our grandkids, Elyse and Evan.

Hope and I both graduated from SMS, and I went into the Air Force, thinking that would be short-term. We got married after I got back from Vietnam and ended up spending 19 years moving around. Our sons Joshua and Jeromy are Okies. Joshua is now a librarian in St. Louis and Jeromy is a computer programmer in Jefferson City.

You never know. Just when you think you’ve unloaded the last box, it’s time to buy more packaging tape! My e-mail address is pathenry@sofnet.com. That’s stayed the same for quite a while now.

Donna (Duey) Hazlett

After graduation I married Larry Baney. We moved to Springfield for one year. We moved back to Mountain Grove in 1966 and bought a dairy farm. We were in the dairy business for 19 years.

We had three children, Rhonda Hurtt, Larry Baney Jr., and Leasa Hodges. I have seven wonderful grandkids. In 1984 we divorced.

In 1985 I went to work as a dental assistant for 26 years. I retired three years ago.

In 2000 I met my best friend, Kirk McCallister. We have been together for 15 years.

Life is good.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone.

Susan Carpenter Barnett Haswell

I was honored to attend the Mountain Grove School System from the 3rd grade until my father was transferred back to Springfield my sophomore year. I cherish those years! Thanks for inviting me to come to the 50th reunion. My plans are to attend depending on my husband’s health. (He has terminal prostate cancer. Bob’s health is better some times than others).

I was married to Bill Barnett for 27 years. We have a “good” divorce which enables us to celebrate our daughter’s and grandson’s birthdays and activities together. We have two daughters, Belinda Barnett Mercer, her husband, Charles (Chuck), and Barbara (Barbie) Barnett Stillings and her husband, Mark Stillings; four grandsons, Mason Mercer, 24, Chandler, 21, Christian Mercer, 12, and Cameron Stillings, 10. If you want to know more, I will gladly “bore you to death” with stories about them.

Eleven years ago I married Robert (Bob) Haswell. This has increased my number of children to 4 girls, 1 son, 14 grandchildren, and at last count, 4 great grandchildren. We attend Cassidy Methodist Church in Nixa.

Bob and I have a seven year old Yorkie, Bree, who owns us. Like my grandchildren, I have many pictures of her. LOL.

My professional life has included accounting, but mainly has been that of a Realtor. Also in Ozark, MO, I have a small business where we take old buses and make them into Open Top Sight Seeing Buses for Los Angeles.

I have a wonderful group of girlfriends who keep me sane (which they might say is debatable). We call ourselves the “Movie Group.” We see movies every 2 weeks, travel together, and take care of each other. (Judy Kjelberg is one of our group). I don’t know what I would do without them! On our road trips, I am not allowed to give directions or to sit in the front seat. I seem to have trouble with maps.

I’m still pretty much the same person I always was...a “Lucy” without “Ethel.”

Looking forward to seeing everyone.